Arese Ugwu’s 2016 bestselling debut novel Smart Money Woman, was recently adopted into a seven-part series which is now available on Netflix. Like the book, the series infuses financial education through the situations the characters are faced with. The series follows the story of five wealthy friends who are compelled to reevaluate their financial lifestyle after the long-coming crumble of one of their financial lives. The series has an ensemble cast of Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Ebenezer Eno, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Timini Egbuson, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade.

If you’ve read the book, the whole financial education purpose of the story might have felt like reading a boring study note, but i assure you watching the series would give you a fresher perspective. Although the episodes include little side notes on financial literacy, the story alone is enough to have you reevaluating your own finances. Prior to watching the series I had never really given second thoughts about the ins and outs of my money, money for me is to spend and enjoy myself. However, I saw a lot myself and my habits in a few of the characters and tried imaging myself in their situations.

Smart Money Woman is a brilliant avenue for women to gain consciousness about their finances and their financial lifestyle. It was very important for the story to have different levels of financially literate women for the audience to sort of see a part of themselves in the characters. Asides from relating with characters to gain a better sense of personal connection to the message being passed, the series provides information on healthy financial habits that many were not privy to. Information on habits such as insurance, emergency funds, budgeting and so on. I mean these are things many of us have heard several times, but watching it being applied in real life situations makes it easier to understand.

Inasmuch as the series may be relatable to a good number of women across the world, I did feel there was a lack of representation of all social and financial classes. Considering the fact the story is tailored to African women and knowing the current status of most women in Africa, the representation is for the minority. Either way, it’s a step to ensuring financial independence for African Women globally. 

Smart Money Woman is most definitely a great watch for everyone, asides from it being educational its entertaining overall with all the plot twists and drama.

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